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Xamarin Brings Mono to Ice Cream Sandwich

Dec 06, 2011, 14:00 (4 Talkback[s])

"De Icaza noted that Google doesn't always seed their Android development kits as fast as the actual Android releases are announced. With Android 3.x, Google didn't even make a full open source release, making it difficult for software development firms like Xamarin. In contrast De Icaza said that with Apple iOS they can often ship updates within 24 hours of an Apple iOS release.

One of the key new additions in Android 4 is that Mono developers will now be able to take advantage of improved graphics handling capabilities. De Icaza noted that Android 4 has a new rendering engine for graphics that takes advantage of GPU based textures.

"Android 4 now has most of the iPhone-like rendering capabilities," De Icaza said.

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